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the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evacuating the
a military base, u.s. military guys that are on their way to afghanistan, they are coming. i mean, there's a ton of american pride floating around germany right now. >> we had three young girls hop in our van before we left to take a pictutu, there's young and old, boys and girls, actually saw richard jefferson from the nba in our lobby hotel this morning. he's excited about the game. a lot of buzz. >> team usa has never lost to japan. what do they have to do today to keep up that streak? >> the first thing they have to do is throw away that stat. this is a totally different japanese team. i mean, it's 22 ones, 3 ties, all time against japan. but the u.s. knows this is a very good japanese team. they never made it to the semifinals and beat sweden. never made it to the finals and here they are, and they are riding a lot of pride, of course, from the tragedy that they've gone through in the last four months. >> a lot of supporters from japan from that standpoint. what does the u.s. need to focus on, offense or defense? a lot of people are saying offense. >> of course scoring goals is nece
afghanistan, now on the job, sworn in just hours ago in kabul, ryan crocker said that there will be no quote rush for the exits as the u.s. prepares to withdraw from afghanistan. >>> a dramatic sight over dallas last night. take a look. an american airlines trailing fuel behind it. a 777. just left dallas for brazil when one of its engines caught fire, the pilot had to make a u-turn, still, though, several tires blew as the plane hit the runway. >>> and hundreds of same-sex couples made it official sunday. tying the knot on the first day that gay marriage became legal. >>> football fans may get their wish the four-month or so nfl lockout expected to end this week. players union players committee is expected to vote today to recommend a ten-year labor agreement. the first in a series of votes that could the wheels in motion for training camps by the end of the week. >> we're ready for football. >> thankso much. >>> let's go to sam now. >> perhaps a cooldown would be good news as well. we got these temperatures down a bit. in new england, also across the great lakes, 75 many boston. 79 in new
on a trip to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really triple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was eslings impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >> not too far f
. in the news, the country's highest ranking military officer is in afghanistan promoting president obama's order to withdraw troops. admiral mike mullin said drawing down the troops can be done without risk. >>> and the first trees donated by the september 11th memorial have been planted where flight 93 crashed in pennsylvania. all 40 trees will be planted, one for each victim on that flight. >>> a mississippi man, this is a weird one. was arrested for letting his 8-year-old son drive, while he, the father, was asleep, allegedly drunk in the passenger seat. state troopers were called when they saw the pickup driving air radically. the man's 4-year-old daughter was also in the car. >> and finally, some penguins at the san francisco zoo have rejojoed their colony after graduating from fish school, fish school. the penguins spent the past month learning how to swim and interact with people. it's time for the weather and casey curry from the abc 13 station in houston, casey. >> good morning, ron. we'll talk quickly about the tropics. yesterday it was about tropical storm don. don is gone, bu
general petraeus, commander of forces in afghanistan and soon to be cia director the same way, either in a helicopter or fixed wing airplane with a missile or rocket-propelled grenade. investigators do not believe the planning got very far and both mr. obama and general petraeus have countermeasures on their aircraft and additional aircraft following them that would make them a very tough target, josh is. >> chilling details, martha raddatz in washington, thank you. >>> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton has arrived in turkey to meet with diplomats hoping to end the conflict in libya. the rebels are desperate for more weapons after suffering yet another setback against forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. >>> and roger clemens will learn in september whether he's off the hook for good. the judge in his federal perjury case declared a mistrial thursday after prosecutors showed jurors what was deemed inadmissible evidence. clemens is charged with lying to congress about using performance-enhancing drugs. >>> and there's word nfl owners and players have made significant progress i
from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch. >>> more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in the interview is incredible. >>> more on casey anthony. we learned her sentence was extended by four more days. the latest on that and the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president called them into a rare session and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas, george and i were watching the videotape. >> it is horrifying. we do begin with that ballpark tragedy. it seems we've seen it too many times to count. fans leaping interest their seats leaning over railings in desperate purr suit of a fouou ball, the most american of souvenirs. this time one fan went too far and f
commander has taken over control in afghanistan, general john allen took charge of the american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the j jilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. losing in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride of such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneo spontaneous chants of japan. since the earthquake and tsunsti killed 25,000 people, japan finally has reason to celebrate. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. along the tsunami-ravaged coast, re renew of hopes. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. team captain homare sawa's hometown elation. her elementary school coach said that i have no words. players viewed images of the disaster before each game and after every victory, carried a banner thanking the world for their support. today it was the evac wees in the tsunami zone
to questioned when the dow plummeted almost 200 points. >>> in afghanistan a major attack on the government and a volatile southern province. three car bombings targeted the governor's house and police headquarters. at least 17 people have been killed. >>> and this morning a faulty signal is being blamed for that horrifying train derailment in china killed 39 people and left hundreds injured in a rare move, the chinese railway institute took responsibility today admitting to design flaws. >>> back in this country 250 homes had to be evacuated after this train derailed in northern los angeles county. many of the derailed cars often carry hazardous materials but authorities this morning say they found no chemical leaks. >>> a possible bombshell in the 4-year-old case of missing british girl madelieine mccann. she disappeared in portugal just shy of her 4th birthday. now dna testing is being conducted on a young girl in india spotted by a british tourist who said the girl resembles mccann now 8 years old. however, a french woman and her husband insist that they are the parents of the girl in q
refuse to go to afghanistan because it was against my islamic conditions. >> reporter: he wanted out but military investigators say they found child pornography on his government computer so on the fourth of july, abdo went awol from ft. campbell, kentucky and they believe he came to ft. hood to stage an attack similar to major nidal hasan's in 2009 that killed 13 and wounded 30. abc news learned he told investigators he wanted to get even with the military. that he planned not to attack the post but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told investigators he planned to detonate two bombs there, then shoot any survivors. >> it seemed like he was, up to nothing. >> reporter: his plan unraveled shortly after he got out of mark smith's cab at that gun shop. greg ebert sold him the ammunition and gunpowder but got suspicious when he paid $250 in cash. >> we made a decision to call the police and fortunately it worked out well. >> reporter: officers tracked young soldier to this nearby hotel. in his room, all of that ammo, a pistol, the components to make two bombs and a backpack
. >>> overseas now, despite reports of major progress by american forces in afghanistan, there's new evidence that the war is more violent than ever. the u.n. says that civilian deaths are up 15% this year compared to last year's record high. it comes just as the u.s. hands over more security duties to afghan forces. >>> and former first lady betty ford will be laid to rest today alongside her husband at his presidential museum in michigan. thousands gathered to pay their final respects wednesday after ford's casket arrived from california. >>> and the theater where david letterman tapes his show has been vandalized for a second time this week. a florida man was arrested overnight accused of shattering glass on the front doors of the ed sullivan theater. another man was picked up sunday after doing essentially the same thing breaking several of the same windows in an admittedly drunken rampage. now diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> and hello again, josh. hope it's a great week so far. tonight, we are going to crown one of our viewers a made in market all-star. j
into the phones of a 13-year-old murder victim and families of soldiers killed in afghanistan. staffers are also accused of paying off police f f stories. arrests are sasa to be imminent. >>> now here's diane sawyer with a preview of nighghs "world news." diane? >> well, josh, as we've been talking this morning, tonight on "world news," jaycee dugard i i going to speak for the first time about 18 years of captivity. she was 11 years old when she was taken. horrible sexual abuse and she will talk emotionally about the birth of her child and also what it means to survive. lessons for us all about loving our lives every single day and that is coming up tonight on "world news," josh. >> thank you, diane. an extraordinary thing to wrap your mind around. you sat with her earlier. diane has the first interview with jaycee dugard. it is going to be absolutely compelling. >> it will be. thank you, josh. >>> let's check in now with the buzziest showbiz headlines and trends. lara at the board. >> let's get to it. time for our pop news heat index measuring the hottest, the coolest stories making the rounds
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